Yoruba liberation fighter Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, has disclosed that the Oduduwa Republic demonstration, which is set to take place in Lagos on July 3, is still on track.
The activist’s spokeswoman, Olayomi Koiki, stated in a live video that the rally will depart from Ojota Park in Lagos on the stated day.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, told The Nation that no group had approached the command about a rally.
The CP was quoted as saying: “I’m not aware of anybody planning any rally anywhere in Lagos. Nobody has written to the Command to that effect. So, when we get to the bridge, we’ll cross it.”
On June 7, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu rejected out a Nigerian breakaway, noting that variety is a strength.
Sanwo-Olu urged Nigeria’s over 200 million people to take advantage of the country’s numerical strength and the beauty of its variety to promote economic success and political stability.
His remark came amid secessionist calls from some quarters, particularly in the South-East and South-West, for the Biafra and Oduduwa republics.
Sanwo-Olu, who is one of six governors in the South-West geopolitical zone, stated that he remains dedicated to a united and prosperous Nigeria, where justice and equitable resource allocation will be the norm.
However, when SaharaReporters met with Koiki on Tuesday, he stated that the rally will take place regardless of the Lagos police or government’s attitude.
He claims that the land belongs to the people of Lagos, not the Commissioner of Police, and that no one has the authority to prevent them from holding a “peaceful rally.”
He said, ”This is not #EndSARS neither is it June 12 rally, we are coming for a peaceful rally in Lagos State, no violence will be recorded and that rally will hold.
“We have no business with the police and we are not coming to disrupt the peace of Lagos state. Let them pull whatever strings they can, by the time we get there, we will know what to do. We are simply demanding our own nation, so it is different from whatever rally was held on June 12 or during the #EndSARS protest.
“Tell them that, I, Olayomi Koiki, media aide to Chief Sunday Adeyemo (Igboho) said we will hold the July 3rd rally in Lagos State. We know what the police do to disperse peaceful protesters but we are not protesting, we are creating awareness. Yoruba Nation now, no retreat, no surrender.”